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Washtenaw Education News roundup, from the U-M solar car team to how "branding" can hurt students

U-M solar car team with its car and trophy.
U-M solar car team with its car and trophy.Photo provided by the U-M solar car team

Here are a few of the top stories about educational issues in Washtenaw County, as reported by area media:

University of Michigan Solar Car team wins North American title again

AnnArbor.com reports that the U-M solar car team has won the North American title for the third consecutive time. The article includes a photo of the car and a link to the team's blog.

Schools Must Finalize Budgets by Wednesday

Michigan Public Radio (WUOM) reports that many schools around the state had to finalize their budgets yesterday, even though they did not have complete information about what kind of financial support they'll be receiving from the state. Michigan Radio also has a Q&A with more information about the issue here. The legislature has yet to pass a K-12 budget in part because of a debate over the Michigan School Aid fund, which has a surplus. Some leaders in the State Senate want to use part of that surplus to help balance the state budget. AnnArbor.com recently posted an editorial that exhorted the legislature to only use the surplus for education.

How Do You Brand That?

The Ann Arbor School Musings blog has a thoughtful post about local schools' attempts to "brand" themselves, and what that means for struggling or average students.

Marshall ready to take on district challenges as interim superintendent

The Dexter Leader recently ran a profile of Mary Marshall, the assistant superintendent of Dexter Schools who recently stepped in a interim superintendent after the departure of Supt. Robert Glass on June 24.

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